This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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My progress with Downton Abbey

So, I made a guess in my last post here that Matthew and Mary would be something to watch, well I was right, although Season two has been up and down, it really played on my emotions with the love story. Read on but be careful as I may spoil some of the storylines, I did warn you. mast-da-season-1-2-recap-pbs-hires
I’ve been really wanting them to get together and I am so glad to finally see them talking about their feelings and at the end of the Christmas special, Mary accepting his hand in marraige. It’s been so frustrating watching Mary hide her feelings and not talk about them, continuing on with a different man whom she didn’t love. Richard was a horrid man to Mary, I am glad that Matthew speaks up for her and protects her. Can you imagine that in today’s world? Us women would never stand around and not tell their “beau” how they felt. It was great to see them kiss and knowing they have finally sorted their relationship out. I started off not liking Mary too much in season one, but now I feel differently. I think I would have been like her if I was born into that world, at that time and I am really hanging on to what happens with her and Matthew – clever script writing me thinks.

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The war depicted in season two is just eye opening, it seems so scary. I can’t imagine sitting on the front line, being in that scary situation. The dark, the dreary, the noises, the only piece of brightness the lads get is from their letters home. I felt terribly sad for William and Matthew though when they came home. One of the staff made a comment about their house being hit by the war, it was only a matter of time. Basically saying that everyone knew someone who had been hurt or killed in the war. I just cannot imagine what that must have been like. I love the way they transform the house into a place where wounded soldiers can come and rest, it really showed a transformation to the family and I love the fact that the daughters all took on roles and eventually Lady Grantham did too. It made me feel very liberated, not sure why, but it did.

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Yet again, the differences between back then and now are incredible. The Spanish flu hits the house, it was the 1918 flu epidemic and was known as the Spanish flu (see I have learnt again). The wedding is cancelled because the bride-to-be has flu. How crazy is that? Nowadays we would have cold and flu tablets and get married regardless. To be honest it all plays a part with the Mary and Matthew storyline, so I was happy with the eventual outcome.  It was scary watching Lady Crawley take a huge turn for the worst with the flu. Just to think that back then people died from the flu, from what I can see in my research it killed nearly 100 million people. That is a ridiculous amount of people to die from flu, flu that we deal with every winter it seems here in the UK. I do believe the Spanish flu was a little more than our usual flu, it attacked the ammune system of young adults and they were most effected. I wonder if today’s flu tablets would help us now, hopefully we won’t ever have the need to find out.

The telephones are being used more and more: the second season is mainly set around 1918. So there are some things that are changing around them, more cars on the road and the women working and doing things for themselves. They talk about the new fashions after the war too which made me giggle, the shorter skirts, which apparently make it easier for the women to do things! Fancy that. I wonder what they would have thought about mini skirts and the fashion we have! They would probably have a heart attack. I think its strange that Carson measures the knife and forks when they have their meals, making sure that everything is in its most perfect place. Were things really that strict back then? Can you imagine going out for a meal nowadays and having the waitress measure your cutlery?

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One of my other favourite moments of the Christmas special is when they are all opening their Christmas presents and Richard is moaning about the fact they have to serve themselves. Mary explains that the staff have their Christmas lunch at lunchtime and then serve the family their Christmas dinner in the evening. I think thats lovely that they let their staff have a Christmas. I can imagine there were many houses around that would not have gone to that trouble though. The Crawleys are a lovely family. I can see myself being a Crawley type, Constant though of course with Lord Constant.

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So things I am looking forward to (huge spoiler alert coming): I am looking forward to seeing Sybil’s baby and her returning to Downton. Mary and Matthews wedding. I am also hoping that Bates gets out of prison as he did not kill his late wife, I really want Anna to have a happy ever after as she does really deserve it. I hope O Brien calms down and stops being a nasty piece of work and the same goes to Thomas. He does seem to be getting “nicer”, I must admit.

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